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Rotarian takes to the sky for charity challenge
12:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A ROTARIAN took to the air before taking a ride on Santa’s sleigh as he carried the baton home in the last leg of a charity challenge.
Humphrey Creed jumped into the cockpit of a glider and flew from Wycombe Air Park to Haddenham on Monday evening.
The President of The Rotary Club of High Wycombe then hitched a ride with Father Christmas through the village’s streets to hand back the baton to Haddenham & District Rotarians, who organised the relay.
It was the final leg of the Around Thames Valley in 80 Ways challenge, with rotary clubs tasked with carrying the baton to another club using a different form of transport to raise money for the WheelPower charity.
Mr Creed said: “It was the most fantastic experience, I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to the glider but it was a smooth trip and you realise just how beautiful the Chilterns and the Wycombe attractions are.
“We touched down, which was the worst part of the journey, and got on the sleigh with an early appearing Santa – which brought a smile to the faces of the children as we went through the village.
“I then presented the baton back to the Haddenham club, it has been a fantastic event and I think we’ve raised a substantial amount of money for charity.”
The challenge – which began at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and has featured Thames Valley clubs using trains, planes, shopping trolleys and JCB diggers – will conclude with a closing ceremony in November.
To view pictures and videos from the event, visit www.rotary-ribi.org
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